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  • Deprivation and cancer inequalities in Scotland

    Created: 04/12/2022

    Thousands of extra cancer cases are linked to deprivation in Scotland, according to Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

    The charity has found that around 4,900 extra cancer cases a year are linked, which equates to 13 cases a day. Those living in the poorest areas are also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage when cancer can be harder to treat successfully.

    Smoking is the biggest cause of cancer in Scotland and it continues to be far more common in deprived communities. Nearly 7% of cancer cases each year in Scotland are caused by excess weight, making it the second biggest risk factor and those living in deprived areas are also more likely to be overweight or obese.

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